September 2017


Arab Film Series - Beyond Spring

Thursday 28.09.2017 6:30 PM | S1 and Hall

Admission: €5

Organizer: Werkstatt der Kulturen/ Mayadin al Tahrir e.V. / EUME
Curation: Viola Shafik

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Book presentation and Beyond Spring film

- focus on Egypt

6:30 PM | Seminar 1 | Book presentation - "Book of Sleep" by Haytham el-Wardany
8:00 PM | Hall | Film and discussion - "Mohammad Saved from the Waters" by Safaa Fathy

6:30 PM | Seminar 1 | Book presentation  
Mayadin al-Tahrir introduces:
Readings from Book of Sleep (Arabic/English), by and with Haytham el-Wardany
The book will be available for purchase.

Book of Sleep

Haytham el-Wardany

8:00 PM | Hall | Film and discussion

"Mohammad Saved from the Waters" by Safaa Fathy
Documentary, 2013, Egypt/France, 93 min., Arabic with English subtitles
Guest: Dr. Ahmad Badawy


Safaa Fathy is an Egyptian poet, documentary filmmaker, playwright, and essayist. She is best known for her film Derrida's Elsewhere, a documentary which focuses on the life and concepts of controversial philosopher Jacques Derrida.




Interview with Safaa Fathy 



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Beyond Spring - Arab FILM SERIES

In 2010, the Tunisian protest movement triggered a wave of upheavals across the Middle East and North Africa that became known as “the Arab Spring”. However, there is also a history to tell beyond “Spring”.

Since 2014, the WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN has been highlighting films from several Arab countries as part of the Arab Film Series, with this specific selection of films curated by Viola Shafik. It aims at exploring some major social and political issues in the region and further our understanding of various dynamics in regards to class, gender and politics in general, as well as explore topics concerning confessionalism, social justice and the question of Palestine.

The screenings will be accompanied by moderated panels with academic experts from the Berlin-based research program Europe in the Middle East – The Middle East in Europe (EUME) at the Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin.




Viola Shafik, PhD is a filmmaker, curator and film scholar. She has authored among others Arab Cinema: History and Cultural Identity, AUC-Press, Cairo, 1998 and Popular Egyptian Cinema: Gender, Class and Nation, AUC-Press, 2007. She has lectured at the American University in Cairo and Zürich University and is in the selection committee of the Rawi Screenwriters Lab and the Berlinale World Cinema Fund. She has directed several documentaries, most notably Ali im Paradies/My Name is not Ali (2011) and Arij - Scent of Revolution (2014).

She currently teaches at Humboldt University Berlin, as well as at Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich.

An event in cooperation with Mayadin al Tahrir e.V. and EUME (Europe in the Middle East – The Middle East in Europe).




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